The Gift of Going Without

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We’re Back

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy Ren and I are back yall!  We have truly re-threaded ourselves into the fabric of Long Island.  It occurred to me one night when we first arrived again on […]

Brief Thought On Cuba

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” -Thoreau Cuba, Briefly I cannot motivate myself to write a play by play of our adventure in Cuba.  I do, however, think about the trip often and of the […]

The Worst Part of Sailing

The Worst Part of Sailing Saying goodbye to friends and six months of awesomeness… I am grateful that it is raining as we depart from Fort Lauderdale.  It will be way harder for Ren to notice that my uncontrollable sobbing is punctuated only by brief calls back to reality, a look at the depth sounder, […]

Public Service Anouncement

Fielding a Team It’s that time again!  The Olympic Games are upon us.  We are filling our hearts and homes with national pride (despite out differing nationalities) and will soon be sitting at our kitchen tables with a schedule of the Games and a highlighter, sure to catch every promising athletic moment we have waited […]

Journal to Jamaica Day 2

A journalized account of our non-stop sail through the Windward Passage from Long Island, Bahamas to Port Antonio, Jamaica. DAY TWO: PRE A.M. (2:00 A.M.) Ren and I just switched watches.  After a four hour fit of no sleep I am sitting in the cockpit with Oreo under a waxing full moon, completely exhausted but […]

Journal to Jamaica Day 4

A journalized account of our non-stop sail through the Windward Passage from Long Island, Bahamas to Port Antonio, Jamaica. DAY FOUR: A.M. There was a nice surprise waiting for me this morning at shift switch, and no, it was not a severed head.  We were scheduled to do three hour shifts.  Mine ran from 9:00pm […]

Banff Brownies Gourmet Galley #4

A spoonful of inspiration. Vegan, no sugar added brownies that will knock your socks off.  This is why I need almond butter so bad! We have made Banff brownies twice in Nila Girl’s galley.  Once on our passage to Jamaica (please reference Day 3 blog post) and once while my brother, Corey, came to visit.  […]

Journel to Jamaica Day 1

DAY ONE: A.M. I woke up to the gentle rub of a familiar and rough hand on my back. “Come on Ash, time to get out of here,” as Ren tried to coax me out of bed.  I whined, and whined and whined, until he had to ask me again.  Not so gently the second […]

Journal to Jamaica Day 3

A journalized account of our non-stop sail through the Windward Passage from Long Island, Bahamas to Port Antonio, Jamaica. DAY THREE: A.M. My A.M. shift ends at 7:00.  I have been at the wheel since around 2:30am and have done my fair share of hand steering.  Usually we just set Duane the Wind Vane and […]

Awake

I am sitting here on one of our saloon cushions at 1:15am.  At this point, I have already slept for five hours and will go back to sleep after I get out a bit of restless energy.  This kind of midnight sleeplessness happens often now that we are on a boat, without jobs and without […]

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